Food for Life Training: Frequently Asked Questions

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Food for Life Training: Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs: Food for Life Instructors 

Q: Are travel expenses paid if selected to go to the training in D.C.?

A: Travel and accommodation expenses for the three-day training in Washington, D.C., are covered by the candidate. The training includes breakfast and lunch on two days (provided by PCRM).

Q: How will I be compensated if I am selected as an instructor?

A: Instructors will operate as independent program freelancers setting their own class fees and will collect and keep remaining funds after covering costs for class supplies and food unless the venue or a third party (i.e., grocery store) is making a donation for the class.

Q: What is the maximum number of classes I can teach?

A: There is no maximum number of classes you can teach. The minimum number of classes that must be taught to remain active with the program are four series per year.

Q: How often are the classes held?

A: A series of classes is generally held weekly (one class per week), but different schedules can be arranged.

Q: Are classes held on weekends or weekdays?

A: Classes can be held on weekends, weekdays, or weekday evenings. Instructors may consider testing variations as certain instructors will find certain times work better for their communities.

Q: Who determines the times?

A: The instructor and the venue agree upon the times for the classes.

Q: Is there a program agreement to sign?

A: Yes, there is an agreement.

Q: Are pots, pans, and cooking utensils provided by PCRM or must we use our own?

A: PCRM’s sponsors, Saladmaster and Vitamix, generously donate equipment needed for the classes. The equipment is property of PCRM and must be returned should program requirements not be fulfilled by program participants.

Q: Where are the classes held?

A: Classes are held nationwide in hospitals, health resource centers, community centers, grocery stores, and other appropriate venues.

Q: Who finds the venues to host the classes?

A: Instructors are responsible for finding appropriate venues.

Q: Who publicizes the classes?

A: The instructor works with the venue to publicize the class, if it is public. The instructor will call and sometimes bring postcards, fliers, and posters to local cancer centers and cancer support groups to let them know about the classes. In special instances where the event seems to be newsworthy for major publications, PCRM will send a press release to local media to publicize the classes, and will also contact selected local media via telephone. Instructors are also provided a template for press releases.

Q: Is there a time commitment on the agreement (one year, two years, etc.)?

A: Either PCRM or the instructor may terminate the agreement with one day written notice. The agreement represents a time commitment of one year. However, given the costs involved with training, equipping instructors with cookware, etc. we have the expectation that our instructors will make a good faith effort to be actively engaged in promoting PCRM's mission for a period of more than one year.

Q: Is there a quota for the number of classes (per month, per year, etc.)?

A: Instructors must teach a minimum of four four-class series per year. This is noted in the program agreement and is the minimum required for instructors to keep the cooking equipment provided to them by the sponsors Saladmaster and Vitamix.

Q: How is advertising handled? Are there template fliers, etc.?

A: We have template fliers that venues can use to promote the Food for Life classes in their own materials, such as postcards to customize and distribute, oversized posters to customize and post, and customizable 8-1/2” x 11” fliers. Suggestions for new marketing materials are also welcomed and will be approved and created on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Is there a minimum age to be an instructor?

A: PCRM's age requirement for instructors is 21 years old.

FAQs: Food for Life Educational Alliance Program Partners

Q: What does my class location need to have in order to conduct a Food for Life class?


  • Television and VCR or DVD player

  • Kitchen, or a sink nearby (optional)

  • Chairs for attendees

  • Two tables (one should be at least 6' x 3'), one for food prep and one for cooking demonstrations

  • Power outlets, easily accessible

  • Permission to use gas or electric burners

  • Trash can

  • You must also handle preregistration for the event and let us know the total number of attendees you’ll be teaching. (Note: The recommended maximum number of attendees per class is 30.)

  • Someone to help with setting up your class area furniture (chairs, table, etc., as needed)

Q: What items will our instructor need to have in order to conduct a Food for Life class?


  • Food or reimbursement for food (about $3 per attendee)

  • Paper plates, bowls, napkins, utensils (often donated by sponsor grocery stores)

  • Extension cord and/or power strip

  • Pots, pans, bowls, utensils, and other cooking equipment

  • Aprons, potholders, dishtowels

  • Two gas, electric, or induction burners

  • Microwave

  • Oven/toaster oven

  • Microphone (optional, depending on size of room and audience)

Q: What is the difference between an Educational Alliance Program (EAP) partner and a Food for Life instructor?

A: An EAP partner is a company, nonprofit, or other type of institution that offers the Food for Life program solely at their facility. Upon completion of the training, the EAP partner may hire and train an instructor of their choosing to present the Food for Life classes at their facility. A Food for Life instructor is an individual teaching classes at various locations throughout their community. The instructor is not authorized to train others to present the Food for Life classes.